Running off the Anger. British New Wave includes several areas of research that suggest interpreting the cinema of the British New Wave in relation to social realism, the construction of the main characters, popular culture and the way New Wave played with film-making. Thanks to an in-depth analysis of key films of this trend, it is possible not only to understand the workings of social realism and examine character creation and their rebellion, but also to explore the intentionality of the utilising New Wave techniques that were known from nouvelle vague. The last chapter of this book is devoted to the most recent references to British New Wave Cinema.
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- Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2019. 246 S., 87 s/w Abb., 5 Tab.
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
- Dedication Page
- About the author
- About the book
- Citability of the eBook
- Chapter 1 British New Wave: Origins and Evolution of the Movement
- 1. Angry Young Men
- 2. British New Wave in Academic Studies and in the Press
- 3. Working-class Actors
- 4. Does the British New Wave Have a Beginning and an End?
- Chapter 2 Social Realism
- 1. Society, Politics and Realism
- 2. Documentaries
- 2.1. Inspirations
- 2.2. John Grierson
- 2.3. Humphrey Jennings
- 2.4. Free Cinema
- 3. Social Thought
- 4. Social Realism
- 4.1. Attempts to Define
- 4.2. Social Problem Films
- 5. Feminism
- 5.1. Female Protagonists of the New Wave
- 5.2. A Taste of Honey
- 6. Location
- 6.1. Outside the Studio
- 6.2. Town
- 6.3. Out of Town
- Chapter 3 Pop Culture
- 1. Towards Classless Society
- 2. Consumerism
- 2.1. Fashion, Culture and Shopping
- 2.2. Billy Liar10
- 3. Mass Media
- 3.1. Television
- 3.2. The Entertainer
- 4. Pop Art29
- 5. Jazz
- 5.1. All That Jazz
- 5.2. Look Back in Anger
- 5.3. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
- Chapter 4 British New Wave Hero
- 1. The Hero and The Effect of Reality
- 2. Protagonist’s Rebellion
- 2.1. Jimmy Porter (Look Back in Anger)
- 3. Family Life
- 3.1. Frank Machin (This Sporting Life)
- 4. Visions of Success
- 4.1. Joe Lampton (Room at the Top)
- 5. In the World of Illusion
- 5.1. Billy Liar49
- 5.2. Morgan (Morgan: A Case Suitable for Treatment)
- 5.3. Nancy, Colin and Tolen (The Knack…and How to Get It)
- 6. Rebellion or Compromise?
- 6.1. Arthur Seaton (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning)
- Chapter 5 New Wave Playing with Film-making
- 1. New Wave, Meaning What?
- 2. Acting23
- 2.1. Actors of the British New Wave
- 2.2. Method Acting
- 3. Humour
- 4. Playing with Storyline
- 5. Playing with Time and Space
- 6. In Search of Lost Time
- 6.1. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
- 6.2. This Sporting Life
- Chapter 6 Distant Voices of the British New Wave
- 1. New Wave and What Next?
- 2. New Wave and Its Resurgence
- 3. If….12
- 4. Distant Voices, Still Lives
- 5. Secrets and Lies
- 6. My Name Is Joe
- 7. Billy Elliot
- 8. Fish Tank
This book seeks to provide the reader with an insight into how and why the British New Wave became one of the key phenomena in international cinema. There are, in fact, two main inspirations for this book. First of all, it is the intention to tell the story of the British New Wave from a non-British perspective of a person who comes from an entirely different tradition. However, it is not solely the outsider’s view that matters here. The other, even more important reason, is to provide an analysis of the British New Wave that is determined by a slightly fresher vantage point. Consequently, the innovative elements in my publication include introducing pop culture as a context for the discussion, positioning the British New Wave against the backdrop of nouvelle vague and, finally, tracing references to the New Wave cinema in more contemporary film productions.
This publication is not intended as an exhaustive presentation of all the films that were produced in the New Wave era. Instead, its objective is to identify particular areas of research that can prompt interpretations of this cinema through references to social realism, character creation, popular culture or the way New Wave played with film-making. References to these issues can be traced in all the films analysed in this publication, although in some of them they are much more prominent, and it is to these films that I devote most attention. A quick look at the contents of this book will...
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